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So, what’s next for Razorback football?

The bomb was dropped and the smoke is still thick from one of the most mind blowing weeks in the history of Arkansas sports. Jeff Long, executing the boldest of moves - firing Bobby Petrino, a man and a coach many thought was untouchable

Former Arkansas coach McGee should be in Long’s sights

The bomb was dropped and the smoke is still thick from one of the most mind blowing weeks in the history of Arkansas sports.

Jeff Long, executing the boldest of moves - firing Bobby Petrino, a man and a coach many thought was untouchable. You lie to your boss's face and mislead fans statewide, you pay the consequences. So the question is: what’s next for a program that’s risen in status and visibility, but could fall just as fast without the right leader?

With a roster loaded with talent and national championship aspirations, Long is now trusted with finding someone who must not only maintain the program, but forge ahead into the future. Long said, "We can command a high-level football coach." However, trying to pluck someone of elite level at this time of year will be an uphill climb, not impossible, but close. All of which is why I think the search begins and ends with – Garrick McGee.

I know he’s only a few months into his first head coaching gig at UAB, but talk to anyone who’s spent time around the game and they’ll tell you he’s got the “it” factor. The guy is going to be a star, if not at Arkansas, then somewhere else. He was key in developing the schemes of two of the best offenses in Razorback football history. The 2012 season has the potential to be special, why risk bringing in somebody from the outside to tinker with what’s already in place?

From Twitter to the air waves, current and former players have already vouched for their former offensive coordinator. A poll on FOX16.com asked who would they want as the next coach, and by an overwhelming margin, it’s McGee. He’s hiring would allow a solid staff to remain intact and perhaps most importantly, bring a sense of calm to a rattled fan base.

However, it’s very possible he could turn down advances out of respect to his new employer. UAB gave him his first shot and McGee could show a tremendous amount of character by honoring their commitment to him. And while it may be the right thing to do, would it be the wise for a guy who’s no doubt dreamed for an opportunity at a top level program in the nation’s best conference?

We’ll never know unless Long asks.
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